Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 8, 2019 The letter to Philemon is one of the historical writings from Paul. He applies the principles of the Christian faith to an everyday problem. Paul was evangelizing in the Greco-Roman world. This raised many questions as they were not familiar with Jesus or the Jewish faith. They ...
Given By Jude Johnson July 14, 2019 Happy Pride weekend! Today we celebrate action. Justice-seeking action that springs from love and courage. It all began 50 years ago at Stonewall. From our reading, the line rings out, "Do you see these women?" A woman washes Jesus's feet with her tears, dries them with her hair, ...
Given By Neal Washburn February 17, 2019 The reading today offers us several topics to discuss. Peter is told he is the keeper of the keys to heaven. If you take the Bible literally, then the passage gives us several points. These are Jesus is the messiah, heaven is real and has a gate that ...
Given By Rev. Dennis Alger on July 15 2018 How well do you know your ancient history? Many have tried to leave a lasting legacy but few succeed. What is the secret to leaving a lasting legacy? The Bible tells us the secret. The answer is the only true legacy. Video:
Given By Rev Madison Shockley on June 24 2018 Today's reading is not from the lectionary. Our Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, sited passages from Romans 13 to justify the separation of children from their families at the border. Mr. Sessions believed that this passage gives him the authority to do what he and our government ...
Given By Rev. Jaime Romo May 6 2018 The church community, 90 years after Jesus's death, was evolving. Today's reading speaks to this transformation. This Sunday is both Safe Church Sunday and communion. Both are about community and connection. The reading from John touches on love, friendship, and the commandments. John speaks about going out ...
Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Grace is never earned. God is generous in giving grace and mercy. During this time of thanksgiving, let us contemplate all the things we are blessed with, big and small, that you are born with. Some examples would be being tall, being born male, or being born ...
https://vimeo.com/219246171 Given By Judith Johnson May 21, 2017 Matter is anything you can touch, smell, or taste, has mass, and takes up space. Non-matter does not have these qualities. Some non-matter can be defined like the concept of time. Other non-matter eludes definition like the concept of love. Today, we are talking about one such ...
Continuing with the lessons of Jesus, we learn more from the Sermon on the Mount. Last week, we are instructed to love our neighbor. This week, we are instructed to love our enemies. It is hard to imagine a more difficult task given the current divide in America.
On the eve of this latest election, we consider the fact that this election has brought us to a place of such division and anger that we have not seen before. It has divided us along ethnic lines, gender lines, and racial lines.
On this Coming Out Sunday, the reading reminds us of the conflicts Jesus had with the religious authorities. He challenged them about how they lead the community. Jesus sought to not only expand the social and religious boundaries but also break them down
https://vimeo.com/166859923 Today's sermon from Selpastian Chaiyahat teaches a lesson of following God despite the fear of the unknown. Only what comes from the heart is what truly matters. It is our choices on how we react to God's love that bring us happiness. God can not make you chose or make decisions for you, only ...
https://vimeo.com/163194383 As guest preacher, Neal Washburn, asks the question, "What did Jesus mean when he asks the disciples to feed and tend my sheep?" According to the reading, John 21: 1-19, the disciples have gone back to fishing in the weeks after Jesus' death. Jesus appears to them and tells them to throw their nets ...
Pilgrim welcomes a visit from the Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington D.C. Rev. Wiley takes a look at what makes up a church.
With the pressure o bills and the responsibilities of life, it is easy to forget that we are a blessed people. So sometimes, we need to stop, take stock of our blessings, and realize that we are blessed to be a blessing to others.